Pico-Salax is definitely better tasting, like an orange popsicle, and more gentle but effective.
As for my diagnosis, I've been a mystery case for years. About 3-4 years ago I went through every test imaginable and they went in every which way but they couldn't find Crohn's althogh I had all the signs and symptoms of Crohn's. Weight loss (I was down to almost 100 lbs at one time), diarhea all the time, tenesmus, bleeding, mucous, skin tags, fatigue, etc etc. Guess all those could all be signs of IBS as well minus the blood but the main reason they highly suspected Crohn's is because I had/have a recurring peri-anal abscess/fistula that started back in 2002. It's been lanced numerous times, seton didn't heal it (made it worse actually), and because they suspected Crohn's than surgery was out of the question as it would likely just come back anyway if I had Crohn's. Plus the fistula is complex so would involve cutting thru too much muscle and I decided I'd rather deal with the abscess than possible fecal incontinence.
It had been about 3 yrs since my last colonoscopy and the abscess hadn't acted up for about 2 yrs but it started to swell up again in the summer and had been bothering me since then so I went back to the GI specialist and one more time she wanted to check for Crohn's. No sign this time, which is good, so she thinks I "only" have IBS and said to chalk up the recurring abscess/fistula to bad luck (the other GI specialist suspected peri-anal Crohn's but this one didn't mention that). She also said the fistula looks like it's healed so that's good too, but she basically sent me on my way since she thinks I only have IBS. That part I'm not impressed with but I've been managing things myself all along with diet etc so that's ok as long as I can keep things under control.
So, I guess I have IBS but I don't know where the blood is coming from when I have a bm and I don't know why I have the prob with the abscess (it still gets sore). I faxxed some questions to the GI specialist and am waiting for her to get back to me.